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system developers’ kit for programmers is available to everybody who intends to create a software ap- plication. The apps for the OBU can be downloaded from a web shop - for smartphone users this might be old news, but for the vehicle industry this is a little sensation, since these apps can access many critical sensors and data sources. in order to Complex communication schemes are typical for telematics solutions in commercial vehicles. The make sure that the apps increasing availability of wireless bandwidth will drive the demand, market researchers say. (Source: do not compromise the Frost & Sullivan) . vehicles’ security, they to identify the exact location of the truck, bus or trailer. even the have to be certified by Openmatics or a competent third party. performance of the driver can be monitored - how hard he or The applications typically embrace several building blocks - she uses to the brakes and gas pedal, for instance. a small piece of software running on the OBU as well as its The open approach based on standardized building blocks is counterpart, which will be installed on the server of the services unique to this industry, but it could prove to be path-breaking. provider. since the apps are written in Java, they are inherently “One of our customers currently runs two telematics systems - sandboxed which makes it relatively easy to control whatever one for order fulfilment, the other one for driver feedback”, says data they access. Openmatics CeO Thomas rösch. “now he wants a system to a walk through the app store shows the scope of func- remotely download the data of the digital tachograph. He has tionality and applications possible today. Potential users find the choice between a further “silo” solution with a single func- transmission data loggers along with media streaming apps for tion or an open, expandable system. With Openmatics he has buses, apps to monitor fuel consumption as well as programs much more flexibility to add future functional extensions.” Your Vision Visit us at Electronica 2012 Hall A2, Booth #163 Hall A4, Booths W15/W16 - EMI Solutions - Antennas & Reception - Thermal Management - Embedded Wireless - Signal Integrity Products Click to fi nd your solutions at www.lairdtech.com www.electronics-eetimes.com Electronic Engineering Times Europe October 2012 35


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